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Map & Directions 144 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10003
  • Breakfast, Brunch, Diner, Polish, Ukrainian
  • Daily 24 Hours
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Delivery, Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
  • Beer, Wine
  • Not Accepted
  • No Parking


Village Voice's Description

This is a true East Village institution, opened by Ukrainian immigrant Wolodymyr Darmochwal in 1962. Its popularity hasn't dipped at all; the place is packed for almost all of the 24 hours it's open, especially during brunch. Handmade pierogies (filled with everything from potato to arugula and goat cheese) are especially popular, as are the grilled kielbasa and the veal goulash. The burgers are classics: huge charbroiled patties of lean ground chuck placed in sesame seed buns from Amy's Bread, available with cheese and thick slabs of bacon. Breakfast is served all-day long, resulting in plenty of late-night bar-goers indulging in fried eggs or challah French toast after last call. Despite the restaurant's rich history, it feels surprisingly modern, with an airy dining room decked out in polished wood and plenty of light let in from the floor-to-ceiling windows. A handful of sidewalk tables allows for great East Village people watching while a robust take-out service lets locals enjoy the Ukrainian comfort food without the perpetual lines.—Keith Wagstaff

Member Reviews

  • greggdamanti wrote a review for Veselka
    on 12/29/09

    This is unbelievable food I'm telling you. A must if you every visit or live in the East Village. We went there all the time when we lived in the neighborhood!!

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Tips from foursquare

  • nymag on 06/29/10

    Hard-living Ukranians swear by cabbage soup as a hangover cure, and we think the bowl here packs an extra restorative sauerkraut punch. Get it the morning after to kill the pain.

  • The New York Times on 08/27/10

    Velselka is one of the NYT restaurant critic Sam Sifton’s 50 favorite NYC restaurants. To see the full list, get The Scoop iPhone app, an inside guide to New York: NYTimes.com/thescoop

  • Eater on 07/28/11

    Students, locals and celebs all love this classic Ukrainian spot. Some of the city's best banana pancakes, kasha with gravy, matzo ball soup, pierogis and a great cheeseburger. [Eater 38 Member]

  • DailyCandy on 12/09/10

    Ain't nothing like the pierogi with applesauce, served 24 hours at the NYC institution.

  • Food Network on 08/17/11

    Ted Allen pops in at Veselka, in New York, NY, a great spot for breakfast or a late-night snack on Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate. We recommend Ukranian Borscht. Find more tips at FN Local.

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